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Calendar of Events: April 2018

Experience Modern architecture. Take a tour, view an exhibition, attend a lecture or otherwise connect with people equally captivated by the history and future of this period. Our online calendar highlights events related to Modern architecture in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and occasionally further a field, presented by a wide-ranging roster of organizations.


LocalWalking Tour

The 1939 & 1964 New York World’s Fairs

This Municipal Arts Society tour, led by Lloyd Trufelman, will explore how the World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964 shaped Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Following the map plan of both original fairgrounds, the tour will include the Queens Museum, Philip Johnson’s NY State Pavilion, Unisphere (site of the Trylon & Perisphere), Port Authority Heliport, Westinghouse Time Capsule, and Hall of Science, along with assorted fountains, statues, and other fair fragments. More

World’s Fair 1964-65. View of the Unisphere with world flags.


The Financial Ties that Bind: Paul Otlet's Mundaneum and the Fraternal Spirit of Global Capital

Paul Otlet's Mundaneum, and Le Corbusier's pyramidal design for it, confounded critics as soon as it was published in L'Architecture vivante in 1929. Lost in the clamor to denounce the project as needlessly monumental, and in Corbusier's vehement defense of its functionality, was the equivalence that Otlet drew between the pursuit of financial profit and the acquisition of higher consciousness. Why did he characterize both processes as democratic, and how did he so readily identify these processes of subject formation with the logic of the pyramid? More


LocalWalking Tour

Mad for Modern: an Upper East Side Walking Tour

Amidst the Upper East Side’s celebrated array of Beaux Arts and Colonial Revival sites, can be found important examples of Modern architecture designed by some of the most prominent and influential architects practicing in the U.S. during the mid 20th-century. Discover some of New York’s earliest examples of Modernism by William Lescaze, unique townhouses by Edward Durell Stone and Paul Rudolph, an innovative apartment complex by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM, More

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November 21, 2017

Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York

Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like “fraternity” or “wisdom.” But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, have been installed in the public spaces of New York. Presented to mark the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund, More

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Further AfieldExhibition

March 14, 2018

A Voice Offstage: James Rose

This exhibition presents the unique elements of Modernism and the mid-century response to convention in landscape architecture with a focus on James Rose, the landscape architect whose home and studio are located in Ridgewood, NJ. Rose was expelled from Harvard in 1937 for refusing to design in the Beaux-Arts style. Along with Dan Kiley and Garrett Eckbo, he wrote a series of essays that would become a manifesto for developing Modernist landscape architecture. More

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March 22, 2018

The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930

Over the course of a century, rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals, and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals - Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile - The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. More